Written by Jana Valant (1st edition),
High prices and the inconvenience of cross-border parcel delivery have been identified as being among the main obstacles to a bigger uptake of e-commerce among European consumers and retailers. Research shows that current cross-border parcel delivery prices charged by universal service providers can be almost five times higher than domestic parcel delivery prices.
To remedy the situation, the European Commission in May 2016 presented a legislative proposal on cross-border parcel delivery services as part of its new e-commerce package. The proposal, which is set to increase the transparency of cross-border parcel delivery prices and improve regulatory oversight, should cost under €500 000 to implement according to Commission estimates.
In their initial reactions, stakeholders have welcomed the move to improve price transparency in the sector, but have been more cautious regarding some other measures. The EU consultative committees have not issued opinions at this stage and national parliaments have until 25 July to react. Within the European Parliament, the file has been assigned to the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) and the appointment of a rapporteur is pending.
- July 2016: Cross-border parcel delivery services (1st edition)